“Love’s Gonna Live Here” was a huge hit for Buck Owens in 1963. It spent 16 weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart, and after that, it was 49 years before another song would spend even 10 weeks at #1. I like the way it sounds clawhammer style so that’s the way I played it but, of course, you can just strum normally if you prefer. Just as a little intro I did a hammer-on on the 3rd string 4th fret with my pinkie while playing the G chord. Feel free to ignore that if you want to. Other than that it’s just straight clawhammer accompaniment.
One of John Denver’s biggest hits, from 1971. I played it clawhammer style in the key of F. That’s a full step down from the key of G, how it’s usually played on guitar, which makes it easier to hit the high notes when you’re singing. For this song the key of F seems easier to play than in the key of G if you’re okay with the dreaded Bb chord that gives a lot of people fits.
Please Don’t Bury Me is a song from John Prine’s 1973 album, Sweet Revenge. I played it with clawhammer style backup but you can strum it (4/4 time) if you prefer.
In this John Prine classic, I played the verses clawhammer style (4/4 time) and the chorus fingerstyle (3/4 time). There are only 3 chords in the song but they change quickly so it might take some work if you’re not used to changing chords quickly. Also, if you’re not comfortable with the clawhammer and/or fingerstyle it’s fine to just strum the whole thing, keeping in mind that the verses are in 4/4 time and the chorus is in 3/4 time. I also do a little hammer-on at the beginning of each verse while holding the C chord, hammering the 2nd string 3rd fret with my middle finger. You can do it or not… it sounded pretty good to me so I put it in there but you’ll be fine without it.
This is a gospel song written by Marijohn Wilkin back in the 1960s (or maybe the early 1970s). It fits the clawhammer style for the ukulele perfectly but you can strum it normally if you prefer. I recorded it in the key of F and the chord progression is really simple (not even a Bb chord to deal with). If you need help with the clawhammer strum be sure to watch my clawhammer tutorial series.
I’ve loved this song since I was a kid in New Jersey in 1962 when we sang it in the auditorium every morning before school started. We sang some other patriotic songs too but this one was everybody’s favorite. I’ve always remembered it but couldn’t find any information on the Internet about it other than one other YouTube page and the lyrics on a kids music site. I did a clawhammer backup for the singing but the easy chords change quickly so feel free to slow it down and strum anyway you like. It sounds good either way.